Seven lords a leaping? So the carol goes. But after partaking of this Christmas cocktail cheer, perhaps it would be more accurate to say seven lords a leaning. Before you start a leaping and a leaning for yourself, let’s reflect a moment on what exactly constitutes a Christmas cocktail, shall we? According to no one but ourselves, it seems any such libation ought to be seasonal in terms of its ingredients, and certainly splashy hues of citrus juice qualify. The tipple ought also be effervescently toe-tapping and perky rather than serenely yawn-inducing and sleepy, which rules out hot toddies and mulled wine and the like, no matter how lovely the latter may be. And it ought to have a captivating countenance, one of those dazzling numbers that turns heads and makes ordinarily predictable people unexpectedly cry out,”I’d like one of those, please!” Does this little tipple merit the moniker “Christmas cocktail?” We think so.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Two glasses of orange-colored Christmas cocktail with orange twists on the glasses.

Christmas Cocktail

5 / 3 votes
This Christmas cocktail is a festive combination of Campari, Prosecco, simple syrup, and fresh lemon and clementine juices. Serve with a twist of orange.
David Leite
Servings6 servings
Calories135 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


  • Cocktail shaker


  • 1/2 cup Campari
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh clementine juice, (or, in a pinch, fresh orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 3/4 cups Prosecco, chilled
  • Orange twists, (optional garnish)


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the Campari, lemon juice, clementine juice, and Simple Syrup. Add the ice and shake.
  • Strain the mixture, dividing it equally among 6 flutes. Top off each flute with some of the Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of orange zest, if desired.
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Serving: 1 cocktailCalories: 135 kcalCarbohydrates: 19 gProtein: 1 gFat: 1 gSaturated Fat: 1 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 1 gSodium: 13 mgPotassium: 117 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 13 gVitamin A: 53 IUVitamin C: 10 mgCalcium: 12 mgIron: 1 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2012 Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent. Photo © 2012 JrStock1. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Gorgeous color. Tastes like a lovely bubbly grapefruit juice. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Thumbs up from this Prosecco queen.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Campari. Love! And Prosecco! You’ve got me. 😉 Two of my favorite things and nice winter citrus. This is indeed a Christmas cocktail for the permanent holiday roster. Thanks!